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Take a deeper look at some of the recent developments in physics, astronomy and other sciences.

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Take a deeper look at some of the recent developments in physics, astronomy and other sciences.

Coronavirus: Race for a Vaccine
1. Coronavirus: Race for a Vaccine

According to current estimates a widely available COVID-19 vaccine will likely b...

Coronavirus: Combating the Outbreak
2. Coronavirus: Combating the Outbreak

Officially designated as a pandemic it seems as if COVID-19 has taken over the w...

The Coronavirus Epidemic
3. The Coronavirus Epidemic

The coronavirus disease is spreading at frightening speeds from Wuhan, China, to...

Search for Our Sun's Lost Planet
4. Search for Our Sun's Lost Planet

Is it possible that there is a hidden planet within our own solar system? New ev...

Escaping Rip Currents
5. Escaping Rip Currents

Rip currents can appear without warning, turning an ideal beach outing into a ho...

World's Best Dinosaur Fossil
6. World's Best Dinosaur Fossil

An extraordinary new discovery of a dinosaur fossil so pristine and complete, it...

Cassini: The Grand Finale
7. Cassini: The Grand Finale

Twenty years after its launch, we bid farewell to the Cassini spacecraft as it p...

The Earliest Americans
8. The Earliest Americans

New evidence suggests humans arrived in North America far earlier than previousl...

Miami Beach Underwater
9. Miami Beach Underwater

As scientific studies confirm sea level changes throughout the globe, major coas...

Exoplanets
10. Exoplanets

NASA may have just gotten one step closer to the answering the question: are we ...

Gravitational Waves
11. Gravitational Waves

Einstein was correct about gravitational waves. Here is a short primer on these ...

Floodgates of Venice
12. Floodgates of Venice

MOSE is one of the world's highest-profile civil-engineering works. Venice has g...

Recovering From Extinction
13. Recovering From Extinction

How long does it take for life to rebound after a major mass extinction? Scienti...

The First Picture of a Black Hole
14. The First Picture of a Black Hole

For the first time, scientists have captured a photograph of a black hole. The i...

Shark Family Tree
15. Shark Family Tree

Great white sharks are one of the most feared predators on Earth, and yet we kno...

Resurrecting Tasmanian Tigers
16. Resurrecting Tasmanian Tigers

Wiped off the face of the Earth by humans nearly a century ago, geneticists are ...

Private Moonshot
17. Private Moonshot

A non-profit organization established in 2011 is aiming to land the first Israel...

T-Rex Timeline
18. T-Rex Timeline

The Tyrannosaurus Rex is known as the king of the dinosaurs, but how did its rei...

Modern Day Killer Asteroid
19. Modern Day Killer Asteroid

66 million years ago, an asteroid slammed into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, causi...

Little Foot: Exploring Our Origins
20. Little Foot: Exploring Our Origins

One of the oldest known hominins in southern Africa. An almost complete skeleton...

Climate Crisis
21. Climate Crisis

The real impact of global warming is now being felt in communities around the wo...

Building The Sun: The 250 Million Degree Problem
22. Building The Sun: The 250 Million Degree Problem

Scientists investigate the way the Sun builds its power -- through fusion -- hop...

Herculaneum Scrolls: Unraveling History
23. Herculaneum Scrolls: Unraveling History

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius is renowned for its decimation of Pompeii, but ne...

Saber-Tooth Brawl
24. Saber-Tooth Brawl

Lions may be known as the kings of the jungle, but it was saber-tooth cats that ...

Extreme Wildfire Combat
25. Extreme Wildfire Combat

Wildfires have greatly increased in size and intensity over the past few years. ...

Greenland is Melting
26. Greenland is Melting

The Greenland ice sheet, the last remnant of the Ice Age, is melting at an unpre...

Opportunity: A Life on Mars
27. Opportunity: A Life on Mars

This year we said goodbye to one of our most intrepid planetary explorers, the O...

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